50 is the new 30, so they say.  Then it follows that the 55+ crowd is having a lot more fun these days than they used to!

Utah is an active state, with some of the highest levels of participation in athletic events of any state.  This hip group of “nearly-seniors” is grabbing a lot of attention, including that of home builders who are now answering the call for beautiful active adult communities.

What amenities might you find in these dedicated neighborhoods?  Lots of open floor plans designed for entertaining, master suites on the main floor living level, often including showers with seats and grab bars and sometimes even jacuzzi style walk-in tubs.  You’ll even see builders advertise “no stairs” in the area and boast of a 1 inch maximum threshold (wheelchair and walker friendly).

Common areas regularly have well maintained grounds, flower beds and exteriors and the walks are shoveled for you.  Monthly luncheons or activities at the main clubhouse are likely organized, and as fast as these pocket areas are going up, everyone is the “new kid” and open for new friends.

Utah County has several attractive options to choose from, depending on which city you prefer.


  • The Gardens at Ivory Ridge

  • Brookhaven Villas

  • Willow Park Villas – Willow Park Villas is located just off Main Street on the quiet West side of Lehi on the way to Saratoga Springs. It features 96 villas consisting of 4 plex buildings, a beautiful clubhouse with theatre, exercise room, and pool. The beautiful landscaping, neighborhood activities make this community home.

  • The Villas at Pioneer Crossing – This community will have 82 homes with a brick and stucco mix. Homes starting in the Mid $300,000’s.





  • Strawberry Creek Villas – With a large view of the beautiful mountains, Utah’s “City of Trees” is the perfect setting to build your one-level living home.


  • Stirling Pointe at Skye Estates



  • The Villas at Water’s Edge – This brand new neighborhood in Vineyard Utah, is the most prime piece of real estate in Utah County. The Waters Edge community sits just two blocks from the shore of Utah lake, with easy access to Utah county’s top recreational treasure.

HERRIMAN (Salt Lake County)

  • Midas Creek Villas – One minute West of Mountain View corridor, next to Anthem Blvd and Midas Creek in Herriman, this vibrant new development is the place to be. Everything you’ve come to enjoy in our communities, from the right people to the right amenities, this is where you want to live.


  • Heritage Village -Custom builder, nearly sold out community. Have re-sales come available occasionally. If you’ve been searching for the best 55+ active adult retirement communities in Utah County then you’ve found the right place to call home. Heritage Village is surrounded by 360 views of the Utah mountains and views of the new Payson Temple.

Looking to rent instead of buy?

By Kami Nordgren in 2017 – please contact a Utah Shores agent for current availabilities.